UNDER 18?

Your identity will be checked to verify your age
before your delivery is handed over to you.

If the delivery agent is unable to confirm your age you will not be refunded your delivery costs and we will report you to the police for attempting to obtain a knife under the age of 18.

It is illegal to sell knives and other similar products to anyone under the age of 18. The legislation is enforced by the police and trading standards. Further restrictions are included in the Knives Act 1997, which specifically deals with knives advertised for use in ‘combat’.

THE LAW

Under the Criminal Justice Act 1988, it is an offence for any person to sell to a person under the age of 18:

  • any knife, knife blade or razor blade
  • any axe
  • any other article that has a blade or that is sharply pointed and that is made or adapted for use for causing injury to the person

THE PROHIBITION DOES NOT APPLY TO:

  • folding pocket knives if the cutting edge of the blade is less than 7.62cm (three inches)
  • replacement cartridges for safety razors, where less than 2mm of the blade is exposed

Whether a particular article is a knife is a question of fact, but using a wider definition this legislation prohibits sales of, for example, sheath knives, kitchen knives, craft knives and carpet knives to persons under the age of 18. The prohibition is not intended to apply to articles such as scissors or compasses.

Under the Knives Act 1997 it is an offence to market a knife and also an offence to publish marketing material in relation to a knife in a way that either:

  • indicates or suggests that it is suitable for combat (the term ‘suitable for combat’ means that the knife is suitable for use as a weapon for inflicting injury or causing fear of injury to the person)
    … or
  • is otherwise likely to stimulate or encourage violent behaviour involving the use of the knife as a weapon

An indication or suggestion that a knife is suitable for combat may be made by a name or description in any of the following ways:

  • applied to the knife
  • on the knife or on any packaging in which it is contained
  • included in any advertisement that expressly or by implication relates to the knife

There are exemptions to allow sales of such items for legitimate purposes such as for use by armed forces, as antiques or as collectors’ pieces.